Snow Valley was a small ski club south and west of Gaylord, MI in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Like many ski areas in that part of the state, the lodge was at the top of the hill and you skied down to the bottom of the lifts, all ropes as I remember.
On Dec. 21, 1951, The Ludington Daily News snow report listed Snow Valley with a 10″ base. Ten years later, on Feb. 10, 1961, the same paper listed Snow Valley as having 5″ fresh powder over an 8″ base for excellent skiing.
Snow Valley closed in 1968 (due to a fire in the lodge?) after 20 successful years of operation. On October 27, 1968 an article in the Detroit Free Press listed Snow Valley as one of 7 ski areas that would cease operations that year, although they noted that the owners hoped to rebuild the lodge after the fire. However, that did not happen, and the area was later purchased and became Beaver Creek Resort according to the Otsego Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary History.
Here are some pictures of a Snow Valley Ski Club brochure sent to us by Ed Kovak.
If you have any reminiscences of skiing at Snow Valley, please post them or send them to us via the directions on the About MILSAP page.